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Home arrow Canada and the Middle East arrow Advocating censorship of mural ‘chilling’ - Toronto Star letters
Advocating censorship of mural ‘chilling’ - Toronto Star letters PDF Print E-mail
Jan 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM

"A young Palestinian stands before a bulldozer, a handful of stones behind his back. Before him is the literal mechanism by which an occupying state has violated his human rights. It is, in fact, in the process of clearing the ground for yet another illegal settlement, one opposed by virtually the entire international community, including Canada, the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations."

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Rachel Corrie verdict exposes Israeli military mindset
Corrie's parents have not received justice, but their quest reveals the lie of the IDF's claim to be the world's 'most moral army'
Rachel Corrie's family – father Craig, mother Cindy and sister Sarah Corrie Simpson – at the Haifa district court where a judge ruled that Israel did not intentionally kill the pro-Palestinian activist in 2003. Photograph: Oliver Weiken/EPA

Reporters covering Israel are routinely confronted with the question: why not call Hamas a terrorist organisation? It's a fair point. How else to describe blowing up families on buses but terrorism?

But the difficulty lies in what then to call the Israeli army when it, too, at particular times and places, has used indiscriminate killing and terror as a means of breaking Palestinian civilians. One of those places was Rafah, in the southern tip of the Gaza strip, where Rachel Corrie was crushed by a military bulldozer nine years ago as she tried to stop the Israeli army going about its routine destruction of Palestinian homes.

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